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“Great Place for Overnight before Cruise” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1150 W State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316   |  
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Ranked #26 of 135 Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Fort Worth
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Great Place for Overnight before Cruise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We booked and stayed at the HI Express the night before our HAL cruise to the Eastern Carribean. The shuttle at the airport was long in coming, but once it arrived we were delivered to the hotel after a couple of stops.(Next time we will just get a cab and not use the shuttle - but it is free - nice for people on a tight budget.) The hotel was clean and very quiet. The breakfast was typical HI fare and fit our needs nicely, not having to leave and find a place nearby. The people were all very friendly.

The front desk arranged a van pick up to the cruise port which was very easy and we were delivered to a spot right in front of HAL. The same van picked us up after the cruise and delivered us to the airport.

There was a slight mix-up and we were assigned a room that was already occupied. We got a shock when we tried to insert our key and the door started talking! After hauling our luggage back down stairs stiffling laughter all the way, we were assigned another room. Apologies were made and it has become another 'story' to add to our adventures!

Room Tip: We were on the 2nd floor on the back side of the hotel. It was very quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TAManagement, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Midland, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Great place to stay for pre-cruise stay. We'd booked this through Southwest Vacations, and thought we overpaid for it. We would have saved more booking air and hotel separately. We also had to prepay all but $85 months in advance, and our travel agent said that was hotel policy.

We had no bell hop, but this didn't bother us. No tips! We did tell the front desk that Southwest had lost our luggage, and our suitcases were waiting for us the next morning.

They had no restaurant, but did offer two menus that delivered. After spending the day in the airport, this suited us fine!

The hotel had a deal with All Star Transportation, eight dollars to take us to the cruise terminal. We were on the last vehicle out. They tried fill up their vans ( and there were a lot of vans) by vessel, but we ended up with people going to about five different ships. And our ship was the last to be dropped off. Our ten minute ride to the cruise terminal stretched to an hour.

The breakfast was delicious! Breakfast buffet worker superb! I tipped her. Not sure if I was supposed to, I did.

Will stay again when I'm in the area.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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TAManagement, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, December 31, 2013
It is great to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you. We will make sure to share your comments with our staff at our weekly staff meeting. We wish you the best.
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We stayed here the night before departing on a cruise. It is in a great location, close to the airport and crusie terminal. They have a free shuttle from the airport and it is a short ride to the hotel. The rooms and building nothing spectacular but clean and well kept. The bed was comfortable and they have a good breakfast selection. It is within walking distance of stores and restaurants. If you forgot anything there is a Dollar Tree, Windixie and Walgreens a couple blocks away. It is a little bit of a walk but you can also walk to the beach. I would definitely stay here again.

If you are going to the cruise port have the front desk call a cab for you. It was only $6.00 for a cab ride to the port and $8.00 per person for the shuttle that the hotel advertises. The front desk clerk was nice enought to point that out for us and call us a cab.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TAManagement, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
It is great to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you. We will make sure to share your comments with our staff at our weekly staff meeting. We wish you the best. Happy New Year!
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Des Moines, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

We stayed here before and after a cruise. Every thing was perfect. Front desk was great. Very helpful and friendly. Breakfast was outstanding with "real" food. The whole hotel was clean and the rooms really nice. Nice pool area. Free Shuttle to/from airport. Shuttle to and from ship at $8-10 pp. A taxi would be about the same price as port is really close. A strip mall across the street with most anything you need. 5 or 6 restaurants and a drug store within walking distance. Come early and stay late to enjoy Ft Lauderdale.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TAManagement, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, December 24, 2013
Please know that your feedback is extremely valuable to us and we will utilize your response by continuing to focus on making each and every guest experience the best it can be. We hope to be of service to you in the future.
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La Grange, Illinois
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

This is one of the cleanest, most friendly, convenient and well run Holiday Inn Express Hotels I've visited (I'm a Platinum Elite member, so I have visited many). From receiving an 'early' check in after returning from a Royal Caribbean Cruise, to the Breakfast in the morning, I found nothing but high standards. Our room was immaculate, quiet, and well equipped, with a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. More channels on the TV than any one person can watch, and a free shuttle to Ft. Lauderdale airport and Cruise Port. A special thank you to Michelle the Breakfast Hostess who made morning delightful! Thank you Michelle, you made my wife very happy! (I hope you get this 'Thank You!)

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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TAManagement, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Every member of our team truly love their jobs and really enjoy serving our guests in hopes of creating a memorable experience. Thank you for recognizing their efforts. They do...because they care.We will make sure to share your comments with our staff at our weekly staff meeting. We wish you the best.
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

As an Airline pilot, i've stayed at many hotels all over the United States. Some were great! Others, not so much. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise left me just shy of speechless. Their attention to detail, courtesy and professionalism left little to be desired. From the service counter at front desk, to house keeping and airport shuttle drivers, everyone seemed to operate with customers utmost satisfaction in mind. Daniela Sanchez from front desk was particularly helpful. Whether i needed directions or suggestions for dining for my crew, or just points of interest, she was ready and willing to assist.
The rooms are in excellent condition. For persons who like to keep energized with a work out session after a busy day, a fitness room is provided. Its small, but adequate. With breakfast being served from 6-10 both the early birds and the , " i just wanna sleep in " can benefit.
If you looking for a great place to stay in Ft Lauderdale, I'd highly recommed Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise .

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TAManagement, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Please know that your feedback is extremely valuable to us and we will utilize your response by continuing to focus on making each and every guest experience the best it can be. We hope to be of service to you in the future.
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Hesperia, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

This was the perfect hotel for our pre cruise stay in Ft. Lauderdale. It was clean, the beds were comfortable and the staff was friendly and efficient. It was also conveniently located and the rate was reasonable. The manager, Ray, was very helpful in answering our questions and giving us advice for sights to see in Lauderdale. I will definitely stay there again in the future.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TAManagement, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Thanks so much for the great review. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. We will share all your comments and suggestions with our entire staff. Please come back to visit when visiting Ft Lauderdale, or going on a cruise. We wish you the best.
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise

Address: 1150 W State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
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Location: United States > Florida > Fort Lauderdale
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#22 Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
#33 Family Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Take a Virtual Tour of the hotel.The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port is located near the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Int'l Airport, Port Everglades Cruise Port & Broward County Convention Center - the perfect choice for a business or leisure stay. The beaches, Shops of Las Olas, Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment district, downtown, Museums, Theaters, Malls and a variety of restaurants & local attractions are all within a short drive.The hotel pampers guests daily by serving a complimentary 'Express Start breakfast bar' along with USA Today news. Free high-speed Internet access is available in all guest rooms & suites plus free local calls, microwave/fridge, & coffee maker. The Marina Mile Meeting Room, Express Board Room & business center features high-speed Internet access. Adding to the many guest amenities & services to assure your stay is comfortable & pleasant an exercise room with state-of-the-art equipment, Coin laundry room, and outdoor heated pool in a tropical garden setting are on-site.A complimentary shuttle is available from 5:30 AM to midnight to and from the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Int'l Airport. Drop-off transportation to Port Everglades cruise port is available on a complimentary basis. 'A completely non-smoking hotel.' ... more   less 
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